The Pacers escaped the chilly preview of winter rolling through Indiana this week to enjoy some warmth in Dallas while preparing to play the Mavericks on Friday night (as Mark Boyle rubbed in our collective face yesterday).
Before leaving yesterday, the Pacers practiced and then left the status of Danny Granger's return up in the air. On thing is for sure, Granger won't be playing in Dallas tonight as the Pacer have their final dress rehearsal. The Pacers lost to the Mavs last week when Granger first strained his calf and starters George Hill, David West, Roy Hibbert and Paul George sat out.
This time around, the starters with Lance Stephenson locked in for the time being, will be in for their final tuneup against Dirk Nowitzki and his new-look team.
For a pleasant start to this Friday morning that has some sunshine returning to Central Indiana, here's a look at the Pacers pumping up a Special Olympics baller as he shows off his handles in the Philippines.
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